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Teiko Kurokawa Turner


1929 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Teiko Kurokawa Turner Obituary
Teiko Kurokawa Turner was born March 9, 1929 in Nagasaki-ken, Japan. She left the planet Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 12:07 a.m.

Days after her 89th birthday, she was diagnosed with bile duct cancer (cholangiocarcinoma), and was gone 5 weeks later. She astonished her family by revealing she could wink with either eye. She said the winks were "blessings from Jesus," not her. Many people were lucky enough to receive those blessing winks.

She grew up during grim years in Japan, surviving many hardships and illnesses. She traveled north for work, where she met Chuck, who was stationed at Misawa Air Force Base. They married in 1957, and Teiko (and Cathy) arrived in the U.S. in December 1958. She was proud of her hard-earned U.S. citizenship. Teiko and Chuck were stationed at bases in Virginia (1959-1960; where Diana was born), Hawaii (1960-1964; where Dave was born), Georgia (1964-1965), Tucson (1965-1968; in 1966 Chuck served in Vietnam and Teiko remained in Tucson with their children), and finally at Elmendorf Air Force Base, where Chuck served from June 1968 until his retirement in January 1975. The Turners raised their children in Eagle River, where they lived from 1969 until 1997. Chuck and Teiko's fishing cabin in Soldotna was replaced by a permanent home in 1997.

Teiko enjoyed many things, including: making and keeping friends (including her first neighbor in Virginia); knitting and giving away her creations; growing, rescuing, and giving away plants; and catching and eating fish. One particular joy was teaching Texans to fish for reds. She was a long-time member of College Heights Baptist Church, where her self-appointed ministry (not just to church members) was to acknowledge special occasions with cards, gifts and, if you were very lucky, a hand-knitted scarf.

Three of her nephews flew in to be with her while she was in the hospital: Floyd Van Someren (Nevada), Brim Silfies (Arizona), and John Turner (Virginia). Her nephews Shigetaka Doi, Hiroshi and Jiro Kurokawa sent cheerful cherry blossom posters and photos, gifts, love and encouragement from her family in Japan.

Teiko is survived by her husband of 60 years, Chuck Turner, sister Kazuko (Takashi) Doi, brother Shigenobu (Sueko) Kurokawa, daughter Cathy (Don Kirkpatrick) Turner, daughter Diana (Chet) Williams, son David Turner, granddaughter Emi (Samantha Redick) Williams, grandson Samuel Williams, and nephews and nieces in the U.S. and Japan.

The family is very grateful to the numerous doctors, nurses, aides, technicians and hospital staff that showed such care and kindness to Teiko in her last weeks, at Alaska Regional and, especially, Central Peninsula Hospital.

There will be a very informal get together in Teiko's honor at College Heights Baptist Church, 44440 Kalifornsky Beach Road, on Saturday, May 19, between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. If you can stay for lunch, please bring a dish to share. If you can only drop in, please do.

Teiko was an ardent supporter of the Gideons. Donations in her honor can be sent to: Kenai Peninsula Gideons, P.O. Box 2306, Soldotna, AK 99669.
Published in The Peninsula Clarion on May 6, 2018
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